After School Programs


The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant provides funds to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Grantees are awarded a minimum of $50,000 each year for 5 years. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide opportunities for academic enrichment during out-of-school time in a community learning center environment.  Services reinforce and complement regular academic programs and offer literacy and educational development to students and families.

2023-24 Grant Competition Details:

Anticipated Timeline

Dec. 11, 2023 Request for Proposal Workshop (Virtual: Register Here)
Jan. 16, 2024 Intent to Apply Due Required
Jan. 16, 2024 E-grants Application Opens for Submission
Feb. 27, 2024 Application Closes- All applications MUST be submitted by 4:00 PM (no late applications will be accepted) 
 Feb. - May 2024  Peer Review Process of Applications
June 2024 Announcement of Preliminary Awards
Jul. 2024 Grant Period of Performance Begins
Jul. 15, 2024 Grant Awardee Required Meeting- Fairmont Hot Springs




After School Program Resources

Grants Management

Grant Resources

The University of Montana's Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development has developed a webpage to help communities find grants, learn grant writing skills, and apply for grants.  The Center wants to help Montana communities apply for grants that fit your unique needs and dreams.  Visit the University of Montana's Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development webpage to learn more. 



Federal & State Guidance


Additional Documents

Evaluation & Reporting

State Evaluation 

The Office of Public Instruction participate in a yearly program evaluation. 


Program Timeline

Cayen AS21

State Evaluation

Annual Performance Report (APR)


Professional Development

Professional Development Requirements

The Montana Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center's grant requires grantees to set aside 5% of the award amount for professional development. Grantees are required to attend  state conference and  2  regional trainings every year. Ongoing professional development is strongly encouraged for all staff members. Additional professional development webinars and resources can be found here


Additional Resources

Tracking Requirement

Optional National Conferences



Program Information 

Program Spotlight

Master Calendar

Montana Programs

Map Legend:

Purple - Awarded in 2015

Orange - Awarded in 2018

BlueAwarded in 2019

21st CCLC Regions


OPI Staff are here to help:

Michelle Cusey, Program Manager,  406.431.3029

Kaitlin Reinning, Program Specialist, 406.475.1341

Amanda Domino, Data Processor, 406.431.0466

FAX: 406.444.2955